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2017 Ford Escape confirmed with ANCAP five-star safety

A sticker swap this week has seen the new 2017 Ford Escape awarded the same five-star ANCAP safety rating held by its predecessor, the Kuga. That is to be expected, of course, with the Escape and Kuga separated by little more than a styling makeover, new features and a badge exchange...

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500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating
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500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating

Crash-testing authority ANCAP has awarded the maximum five-star safety rating to three of the latest models to hit the Australian market; the Fiat 500X, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Subaru Impreza. Both the 500X and Impreza achieved high scores in the destructive crash tests, however autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is only available in higher grades in both model lines - something that ANCAP's CEO, James Goodwin, thinks should be addressed...


2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer
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2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer

The all-new 2017 Holden Astra has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating – but only for the top two versions in the range. The Holden Astra RS and RSV get Holden Eye autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance, forward distance indicator and forward collision alert. But the base model R misses out on that tech...


2017 Holden Astra gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2017 Holden Astra gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2017 Holden Astra has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP, ahead of its local launch later this month. Awarded to the mid-spec RS and and top-shelf RS-V models, the rating is based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP on the largely identical Opel Astra last year, and the fact that the two higher variants come equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems as standard equipment...


MG Motor Australia says safety is a priority
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MG Motor Australia says safety is a priority

When MG launched the MG 6 locally in 2013 there were some challenges, which ultimately contributed to the SAIC Motor-owned brand retreating from Australia. The MG 6 initially didn't fully comply with Australian Design Rules, and it scored a four-star ANCAP safety rating when tested in 2013...


USA v Mexico: Global NCAP to highlight safety concerns in developing markets
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USA v Mexico: Global NCAP to highlight safety concerns in developing markets

International crash-testing body Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) will work with its subsidiaries to perform a crash test that will highlight the disparity in new car safety benchmarks between developed and developing nations, later this month...


Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series, Prius awarded five-star ANCAP ratings
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Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series, Prius awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

The rugged Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), along with the current-generation Toyota Prius. However, the five-star safety rating applies to single-cab variants only, which saw the addition of curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as part of a 2017 upgrade, along with changes to the bonnet and seat designs...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


ANCAP highlights costs and accomplishments of 2015-2016 tests
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ANCAP highlights costs and accomplishments of 2015-2016 tests

Just days after calling out the absence of safety ratings in a new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission review of the local new-car market, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program has handed down a report on its 2015-2016 achievements. During that period, 49 ANCAP safety ratings were published, covering over 250 variants...


Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion
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Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an issues paper outlining focus areas for the car industry market study it announced in June this year. The new car industry study is fundamentally set up to make sure car manufacturers and their franchise dealers understand their obligations, and that consumers understand their mandated rights...


Jeep Renegade gets three years free servicing
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Jeep Renegade gets three years free servicing

On the back of landing a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Jeep Renegade is now being offered with three years of free scheduled maintenance for the month of October. Jeep says it is “thrilled” with the small SUV’s result in the benchmark crash test released this week, with the Renegade achieving perfect scores for the side impact and pole tests...


BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings
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BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

A trio of new SUV offerings have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) - the BMW X1, Jeep Renegade and Volkswagen Tiguan. While all three models achieved good scores in each of the physical crash tests, the two Germans were praised by the firm for their inclusion of active safety systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard...


Kia Picanto hangs onto five-star ANCAP rating after local audit test
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Kia Picanto hangs onto five-star ANCAP rating after local audit test

In a close call, analysis of an audit crash test carried out in June this year has seen the 2016 Kia Picanto hold onto the five-star ANCAP safety rating it was awarded in May. CarAdvice attended the audit crash test, which was conducted at Crashlab in Huntingwood, New South Wales...


2017 Holden Trailblazer revealed, scores five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2017 Holden Trailblazer revealed, scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new Holden Trailblazer has been revealed today, accompanied by confirmation of top five-star safety rating with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Adopting the new face from its substantially-updated sibling, the Colorado ute, the Trailblazer also takes the long-serving nameplate from sister company Chevrolet...


2017 Holden Colorado range lands five-star ANCAP safety upgrade
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2017 Holden Colorado range lands five-star ANCAP safety upgrade

The massively overhauled 2017 Holden Colorado range has been upgraded to a full five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) this week. For the new model year, the Colorado gains revisions to its front structure, airbag configuration and restraint system...


2016 Infiniti Q30 achieves five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2016 Infiniti Q30 achieves five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2016 Infiniti Q30 has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Helping the new hatchback to achieve top marks were the inclusion of both low- and high-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard across the range. James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP, praised Infiniti for its high test score...


Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings
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Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings

Front-drive versions of the Suzuki Vitara small SUV, plus the Kia Optima mid-sized sedan range, this week received five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Neither of these mid-tier sellers had ratings before. The Hungary-sourced Suzuki Vitara managed a good rating of 35.79 out of 37 against 2015 ratings (for reference, the top-selling Mazda CX-3 managed 36...


2016 Mazda CX-9 scores five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2016 Mazda CX-9 scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 range has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), ahead of its local launch later this week. Scoring 35.87 out of a possible 37, the five-star rating applies to the entire new second-generation CX-9 range, which features active safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB, forward and reverse) as standard across the line-up...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings

Euro NCAP, the European partner to the local Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has given the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Volkswagen Tiguan the maximum five-star safety rating. These scores suggest similar ratings could be on the cards for Australia. Both vehicles were praised for their superior standard safety equipment that is fitted as standard throughout Europe, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB)...


2017 Subaru Levorg gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2017 Subaru Levorg gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The newly-launched 2017 Subaru Levorg range has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating from independent crash tester, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). In its announcement this week, ANCAP praised the new Levorg wagon range for being among the few models offered locally with autonomous emergency braking as standard on all variants...